Elks Lodge feeds health care workers

Beaufort Elks Lodge member Bob McClughan delivers food recently during a five-week effort to feed health care workers. (Contributed photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — Morehead City-Beaufort Elks Lodge 1710 recently received a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. The grant, written by Elk member Jane McClughan, was to feed health care workers at Carteret Health Care.

“This was just a small way for us to show our appreciation,” Ms. McClughan said in a news release. “They are working in a difficult situation with tremendous stress and hopefully this will make their lives a lot easier.”

Approximately 1,600 meals were served during the five-week effort, according to the release. Local businesses such as Harris Teeter, The Friendly Market, Panera Bread and Smithfield Chicken & BBQ either donated products or provided reduced pricing to assist.

Several individuals donated monetarily, allowing the Elks to extend the offerings from three weeks to five. Health care employees signed up ahead of time and came by the lodge to pick up the take-out meals on their way to work or on their way home.

The meals were planned, cooked and coordinated by Elks member Sara Willis, owner of Seaside Sensations Catering. They included pulled pork, spaghetti, fried chicken, fried shrimp and pork loin roasts with dessert and all the fixings.

Elks members Jane McClughan and Sally Byrd plated the food, along with volunteer Margie Ward. Elks Bob McClughan and Bill Ward along with volunteer George Byrd delivered the food to the cars.

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I hope our local healthcare workers and first responders are sincerely appreciative of the overwhelming generosity of our unpaid and dedicated community members. Thankfully Carteret's first responders have only dealt with a few reported cases of COVID-19. I hope they, nor any of us, ever experience the immeasurable, prolonged, horrendous hardship that so many medical professionals, medical housekeepers, first responders and morticians from other areas are weathering. Those admirable workers are enduring inconceivable horrors of a deadly pandemic coupled with very long sleepless hours to care for their patients. I imagine some are unpaid volunteers who answer to their calling. Their exemplary dedication to their chosen profession is one to be admired forever and serves as an example to other medical providers who have not endured that magnitude of life altering adversity coupled with limited PPE, space and more needed personnel.


Perhaps they will consider giving some delicious meals to Carteret County's UNemployed,

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